Uncle Harold & Willy - C.O.M.E. - Children's Evangelist

INFORMATION OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO BIBLE CAMPS



HOW UNCLE HAROLD OPERATES AT BIBLE CAMPS

Preamble - Each Bible Camp operates differently and has certain expectations for their Camp Speakers. The same is true for the Camp Speakers. Typically camps expect that the Camp Speaker will preach for about fifteen to thirty minutes in each chapel. Usually the Camp Speaker does this after the Camp Counselors lead the campers in thirty to forty-five minutes of singing with electric guitars, drums and powerful sound systems. Usually the Camp Speaker will stand behind a small lectern amidst a platform full of counselor's musical equipment to give his message. This is fine if the Camp Speaker is not Uncle Harold. This is because Uncle Harold is totally different. Here is why!

a) Uncle Harold's style of Chapel

Uncle Harold & Willy When children come into chapel with Uncle Harold as Camp Speaker, the first thing they will notice is that the entire platform at the front of the chapel is full of Uncle Harold's equipment ... Flannelboard which is eight feet wide a huge puppet theatre and large art board easel plus spotlights and many other pieces of equipment which is very exciting for children. This is because Uncle Harold preaches to children through the Bible Story method by means of large visual aids. Children will believe the Gospel message if they see it in picture form at their level of understanding. Uncle Harold presents to the Campers a complete one hour program at each camp chapel. Uncle Harold tells a number of Bible Stories at each Chapel and each story is interspersed with children's songs, object lessons and small prizes. The Children's Songs that he uses are carefully picked to reinforce the various lessons from each story. What you must understand is that Uncle Harold conducts the entire Chapel Service including all the music single handed. The bottom line is that Uncle Harold will need a full fifty-five to sixty minutes to present the program in every camp chapel period. Where does this leave the counselor's music program? Basically your counselors can take a break from it and forget it until Uncle Harold finishes his time at your camp. They can then get back to it with the next camp speaker who operates in the traditional way.

b) How you can prepare for Uncle Harold's Chapels
  1. Before Uncle Harold arrives read this page out loud to all your counselors
  2. Before Uncle Harold arrives clear the entire Chapel platform of all other equipment so that he can unload and erect his own equipment.
  3. Cancel your own camp counselor's music program during chapel times.







OPEN LETTER TO THE CAMP BOARD DIRECTOR

TO BE SIGNED BY HIM AND RETURNED TO UNCLE HAROLD BY MAIL

1. I have read the section entitled "HOW UNCLE HAROLD OPERATES AT BIBLE CAMPS." I understand what it says and will read it to the Camp Board so that they will understand it as well.

2. I have read the section entitled "A FEW THOUGHTS ON COUNSELING CHILDREN" by Uncle Harold. I understand what it says and will read it to the Camp Board so they will understand it as well.

3. I have read the paper entitled "THE OFFICIAL FINANCIAL POLICY" and I understand what it says and will ensure that the Camp Treasurer receives a copy of it and complies with what it says.

4. I will encourage the Board to pray for Uncle Harold's Ministry at our Camp.


SIGNED (Camp Board Director's Signature) _________________________________________

DATE____________________








OPEN LETTER TO THE CAMP DIRECTOR

TO BE SIGNED BY HIM AND RETURNED TO UNCLE HAROLD BY MAIL

1. I have read the section entitled "HOW UNCLE HAROLD OPERATES AT BIBLE CAMPS". I understand what it says and I will see to it that we comply with his requirements for Chapels at our Camp.

2. I further will read out loud to our counseling staff the following papers...

a) "HOW UNCLE HAROLD OPERATES AT BIBLE CAMPS."

b) "A FEW THOUGHTS ON COUNSELING CHILDREN" by Uncle Harold.

3. I agree to duplicate and issue the below paper entitled "CAMP SPEAKER EVALUATION FORM" to all my counselors so they can answer the questions and return them to me towards the end of camp. I will then make duplicates of the filled-in forms and give one set of copies to Uncle Harold and retain the other copies for the Camp.


SIGNED (Camp Director's Signature) _________________________________________

DATE____________________








CAMP SPEAKER EVALUATION FORM

Please fill in this form and submit it to the Camp Director. Answer each question carefully and honestly. Your assessment is highly valued ... Thank you!

Camp Speaker's Name _________________________________________
Camp Dates ________________________
Name of Camp ______________________________________________
Year ______________

Please answer the following questions by answering either YES, NO, or DON'T KNOW. All questions relate to the Speaker and Chapel.

  1. Was the Speaker a friendly person? _________________
  2. Did he relate well with staff and campers? _________________
  3. Did the children like him? _________________
  4. Were the Children excited to attend chapel? _________________
  5. Were his messages easily understood? _________________
  6. Were his messages Biblical? _________________
  7. Did he have the children's full attention? _________________
  8. Were the children affected by his message? _________________
  9. Was the Gospel new to most of the children? _________________
  10. Were his messages well prepared? _________________
  11. Were his messages well presented? _________________
  12. Did you pray daily for the Speaker? _________________
  13. Did the visual aids help kids understand? _________________
  14. Did the Speaker speak clearly? _________________
  15. Was there variety in chapel programs? _________________
  16. Were the songs easy for children to learn? _________________
  17. Did the songs teach good Bible lessons? _________________
  18. Did children talk about what they learned? _________________
  19. Were you able to use the chapel message to present Christ to children personally? _________________
  20. Did you learn things in chapel yourself which you hadn't known before? _________________
Please write down your own thoughts in a brief sentence or two on the following points. Please use the back of this page for your comments. Thank you.

A) What do you feel it is that the camp speaker should do to make his camp ministry more effective?
B) What do you think that you could do as a counselor to better prepare yourself and your campers for Chapel Services?
C) Many camps believe that it is important to keep campers highly active from dawn until dark. How do you feel this affects their abilities to pay attention in daily chapel services.
D) If you could advise the camp leaders on what to do to help children get more out of chapel services, what would you say?
B) If some children fall asleep or are bored in chapel, what do you think causes this problem?
F) How much of the children's reaction to the speaker, his messages, and chapel services, is a reflection of my own attitude as a counselor?
Please fill in the following blanks...

Your Name ______________________________________________
Age ______
Today's Date _____________________
Your Position at Camp _____________________________
How long have you been a Christian ________
Are you living a Christian Life ________
Have you ever read the Bible through at least once ________







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